Breast reduction is a reconstructive breast surgery that may be performed for cosmetic purposes or as a result of a physical need. Also known as mammaplasty, this procedure is used to reduce the natural breast size and eliminate excessive fat and tissues that contribute to a large bust.
Medically Necessary Breast Reduction
A breast reduction may be considered medically necessary if it can provide relief to a woman who is experiencing chronic discomfort or complications caused by large breasts. In these cases, insurance companies are more likely to approve benefits for a breast reduction, although patients may need to show that other more conservative measures did not provide adequate relief. Typically, breast reduction can be performed at younger ages than augmentation procedures, since reducing a large breast size can help prevent the early onset of back and neck pain.
Is Tampa Breast Reduction Surgery Right For You?
The only way to determine if you are a candidate for breast reduction is by scheduling a one-on-one consultation with your plastic surgeon. Dr. Lohith Bose meets with Tampa patients, as well as those who travel from surrounding areas to find out more about the breast reduction process and whether it could be right for them.
You might be a candidate for breast reduction if you:
- Are unhappy with your large breasts
- Are experiencing pain and discomfort caused by your breast size
- Have large breasts that are disproportionate to your figure
- Feel that your activity levels are inhibited by your breast size
- Notice indentations in your shoulders where your bra is pulling for support
- Frequently have irritated or chafed skin beneath your breasts.
What To Expect
All breast reduction surgeries are performed in a hospital setting. In most cases, the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, although you will need to talk with Dr. Lohith Bose to find out more about your stay and recovery.
The type of technique and incision used to remove your breast tissue will depend on the extent of your treatment. Keep in mind that the amount of breast tissue removed during a reduction procedure will depend on the unique needs and goals of each woman. Communication between the surgeon and patient is important to help ensure the desired cup size is achieved.
There are three types of incisions:
- A circular pattern around the areola
- A circular pattern around the areola with a vertical incision beneath the breast
- An upside-down anchor pattern with the nipple and areola removed and transplanted
Once Dr. Bose makes the incision, excess fat is liposuctioned from the breast and excess skin may be excised from the surgical area. The incisions on the smaller breasts are then shut.
Most patients will need to avoid work and strenuous activity for a few weeks after the procedure, although Dr. Bose will provide individual instructions after the operation. While it is normal to experience some post-surgical swelling, patients will notice the results of a breast reduction right away. The final appearance of the breast, however, will be smaller once the swelling fully subsides.
It is normal to experience some discomfort after a breast reduction. This can be managed using medication prescribed by Dr. Bose. You may also need to take prescribed medication to prevent post-surgical infection. Keep in mind that you will have some scarring at the incision site. While this is permanent, it will fade and become less obvious over time.
If you think you may be a candidate for Tampa breast reduction or would like more information about the procedure, contact the team here at Bose Plastic Surgery. Our practice serves the Tampa area. We look forward to serving you soon.